Additive manufacturing news at the University of Louisville

Laser Sintering of Thermoset Polyimide Composites published by Tim Gornet et. al (2019)

Sintering Thermoset Composites at High Temperatures for Aerospace Applications

Tim Gornet (Manager of AMIST Core Facility), Kate Schneidau (UofL Graduate Student), Kathy C. Chuang (NASA Glenn Research Center) and Hilmar Koerner (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) recently published a paper that has been highlighted in (


Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing technique that builds 3D models layer by layer using a laser to selectively melt cross sections in powdered polymeric materials, following sequential slices of the CAD model. SLS generally uses thermoplastic polymeric powders, such as polyamides (i.e. Nylon), and the resultant 3D objects are often weaker in their strength compared to traditionally processed materials, due to the lack of polymer inter-chain connection in the z-direction. Our previous effort showed the challenges of printing a melt-processable RTM370 imide resin powder terminated with reactive 4-phenylethynylphthalic anhydride by LS, due to its inherently low viscosity of these oligomers. This paper presented the first successful 3D printing of high temperature carbon fiber filled thermoset polyimide composites, followed by post cure cycles to promote additional crosslinking for achieving higher temperature (Tg = 370 °C) capability. The processes to build tensile specimens and a component by LS, and the characterization of RTM370 imide resin by DSC and rheology as well as evaluation of the LS printed polyimide composite specimens by SEM and mechanical tests will be discussed.

AMIST Training Program Hightlighted by Additive Manufacturing Media (2019)

Stephanie Hendrixson (Senior Editor, Additive Manufacturing) sat in metal AM training class at AMIST, offered by Ed Tackett (Director, Workforce Development, AMIST). Stephanie shares what she learned in an article, titled "6 Things I Learned about Metal 3D Printing at the AMIST" in Additive Manufacturing (

Hsu joins UofL

Hsu joins UofL

Dr. Keng Hsu

Aug. 28, 2017

Dr. Keng Hsu joined the University of Louisville in August 2017 as Associate Professor in Speed School's Mechanical Engineering Department. Prior to this post, Dr. Hsu was an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University.

Dr. Keng Hsu has over 25 years of experience in Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. His work revolves around physics-based advanced manufacturing research at multiple scales in both top-down (subtractive) and bottom-up (additive) approach. Specifically, scalable nanomanufacturing process development, metal/semiconductor/metal-semiconductor hybrid nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage, additive manufacturing process development, engineered anisotropic materials by additive processes, meso-structure materials, metamaterials, plasmonics, solid-state electrochemistry are some of his research areas. His research work in these areas has been funded by NSF, ARPA-E, Intel, Orbital ATK, SRP, NASA, and DoD.

NSF Award for Chou and Starr

June 13, 2017

Drs. Kevin Chou and Tom Starr are leading a new NSF award “Pore Formation Mechanisms in Laser Powder-Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing.”

Pores generated during the additive manufacturing (AM) process can degrade part mechanical performance. Pore formation in metal AM is complex and difficult to predict and control. The objectives of this research are to identify pore formation mechanisms in selective laser melting (SLM) and to predict, analyze and characterize porosity in SLM parts. A hybrid numerical modeling technique will produce particle-resolved simulations of various pore formation mechanisms. SLM experiments to be conducted in the Additive Manufacturing Research Center will validate the model using in-situ thermal imaging to capture process temperatures and melt-pool dynamics and post-build characterization to identify and quantify porosity using a high resolution micro-CT scanner.

This collaborative research project also includes Dr. Alexey Volkov from the University of Alabama.

NSF award summary 


Starr presents keynote at TMS2017

Starr presents keynote at TMS2017

Head shot of Dr. Thomas Starr

Feb. 27, 2017

Prof. Thomas Starr gives invited keynote presentation at TMS2017 meeting.

Dr. Starr's presentation The New Metallurgy of Additive Manufacturing kicked off the Additive Manufacturing: Past, Present, and Future session at the TMS2017 meeting in San Diego, Feb. 26-Mar. 2, 2017. His talk reviewed research results illustrating the challenge and opportunity created by additive technology. These include the challenge of creating metal structures with material properties comparable to those obtained with traditional processing and the opportunity to create new materials with unique performance characteristics. 

Chou joins UofL

Chou joins UofL

Dr. Kevin Chou

Jan. 2, 2017

Dr. Kevin Chou joined the University of Louisville in January 2017 as the Edward R. Clark Chair of Advanced Manufacturing in Speed School's Industrial Engineering Department.

Prior to this post, Dr. Chou was a professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama.  Dr. Chou received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, followed by a post-doctoral training at National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST).  He brings over fifteen years of experiences in manufacturing research, higher educations and public services to the University.  Among his broad experiences, Dr. Chou has been a Faculty Fellow at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, a Visiting Professor at National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan), and a Guest Researcher at NIST.  Most recently, Dr. Chou served as an Assistant Director for Technology in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) of U. S. Department of Commerce, supporting the newly established Manufacturing USA program (formerly National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.)

Dr. Chou's research and teaching interests include design and manufacturing, CAD/CAM, mechanics, metrology and materials.  His recent study fields have been focused on integrated materials, design and manufacturing innovations, including metal additive manufacturing, metal matrix composite machining, and diamond coatings, supported by NASA, NSF, DoC, and DoD, etc., as well as private sectors and foundations including GM, Vista Engineering, CFD Research Corp., and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).  A recipient of the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award from SME's Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community, Dr. Chou's group has published over 130 refereed articles and made about 100 technical presentations, plus over 40 invited seminars.  Dr. Chou is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of ASME's Manufacturing Engineering Division.  In 2011 he chaired the Technical Program of the International  Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), ASME's flagship manufacturing conference.  In addition, Dr. Chou serves as an Adviser of SME's Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program.

In his capacity as the Edward R. Clark Chair, Dr. Chou will work closely with different groups on campus involved in additive manufacturing (AM) research and education, including the Rapid Prototyping Center, to collaboratively promote and grow the AM programs in the University.

Yang wins award

Yang wins award

Dr. Li Yang

Aug. 15, 2016

The winner of the 2016 SFF Symposium International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr) is Dr. Li Yang.

This award is given annually to recognize an outstanding young researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication early in their career.  Dr. Yang was recognized for his research in design methods for additive manufacturing with emphasis on the design and fabrication of 3D cellular structures.

Harish Irrinki wins 2016 CPMT/MPIF Axel Madsen Award

July 1, 2016

Harish Irrinki, a PhD student from the University of Louisville is a winner of the 2016 Axel Madsen Award  from the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology and the Metal Powder Industries Federation.

Mr. Irrinki does his research in the Materials Innovation Guild.

Yang wins AMUG design award

Yang wins AMUG design award

AMUG design

Aug. 9, 2018

Dr. Li Yang won this year's 3D Printing Design Contest at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) meeting in St. Louis.  Dr. Yang's entry was a Layered Cellular Padding used to absorb energy and reduce intensity of impacts. While demonstrated in a football helmet this lattice design can be tailored for other types of helmets or pads or any other impact application.Sponsored by BASF the contest prize is a one week trip to work at the BASF Application Technology Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Additional description of the contest and Dr. Yang's design can be seen in the presentation ceremony video.


Yang and Bai publish analysis of AM for on-demand spare parts

December 2018

Drs. Li Yang and Lihui Bai published a quantitative model and analysis of how AM could be used for on-demand spare parts production.  Using AM as a spare parts supply instead of traditional inventory is a decision faced by many manufacturers.  The paper describes a performance model for a powder bed fusion AM system in a spare parts supply chain and provides insight into a question that has very little prior reporting in the open literature.

Zhang Y, Jedeck S, Yang L, Bai L. Modeling and analysis of the on-demand spare parts supply using additive manufacturing. Rapid Prototyping Journal. 2018 Nov 26.


Advanced 3D Printing and Manufacturing Summer Camp

Summer Camp Opportunity - 3rd camp added

AMIST has an exciting summer camp opportunity approaching quickly!   This is for students 7th-12th grades with interest in using various 3D printing technologies and manufacturing equipment.  The first two camps, June 7-9 and June 21-23, 2021 were a great success. Because others have expressed interest...we have added a THIRD camp opportunity, July 19-21.  For further information or registration, please see the link under EVENTS on this website.

Here's a video or brief story regarding the first couple summer camp experiences. 


3D printing workshop for adults August 3, 2021, 9am-4pm $129

For parents, educators or any adults interested in 3D printing technology we will host a one day workshop with hands on project based learning.  9am-4pm August 3, 2021 Cost: $129. Box lunch will be included. Register by using registration form.


Summer camp opportunity 2024

AMIST has an exciting summer camp opportunity July 23-25, 2024 for students ages 11-17 with interest in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing.  This three day program will teach participants how to create their own personalized figurines/DnD miniatures featuring 3D scans of their own face, while educating them on the future of additive manufacturing. Click here to watch a video from a previous camp  Details for registration and cost are located at Speed School Outreach.  This is in cooperation with Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs.

AMIST CORE : Behind the Mask

GoCards video related to face shield Julie Kouijzer, field hockey player, injured

AMIST Core Facility assisted in the development of custom made face shield for injured  UofL Field Hockey player, Julie Kouijzer, Fall 2022 Season.